Clean-up and investigation continues into train derailment near Cut Bank

Posted at 11:20 AM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 13:20:07-04

Glacier County Disaster & Emergency Services says that it appears only minimal damage was done to the trestle, but BNSF is continuing to assess the damage. They may have to replace 10 ties, and train traffic may be halted for at least two days or until they can get one clear rail to resume.

Glacier County DES also said that nearby structures, including as a communication tower and a natural gas line, were nearly being hit by the railcars.

(THURSDAY, AUGUST 2) A freight train derailed near Cut Bank on Thursday afternoon. James Childress told KRTV that is happened on the east side of the railroad bridge crossing.

Childress said that there do not appear to be serious injuries or property damage.

Childress said in an email: "The tracks are torn up bad and will likely be close for a few days while the tracks are repaired. It looks like one of the cars in the mid section of the train jumped the tracks and the front half of the train is stopped on the other side of the bridge. There was a work crew on that section of the tracks earlier today, but no idea if that was related to the derailment."

BNSF spokesman Ross Lane says that it happened at about 1:23 p.m. Twelve rail cars derailed; they were carrying grain. Lane says that there were no injuries or hazardous materials involved.

The cause of the derailment is being investigated; there is no word yet on when the track will re-open.

Cut Bank Harvest Foods posted photos on Facebook and wrote: "Wow, Train derailment right behind our store!"

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